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Deezer’s New Partnership With Singtel Lets You Stream Music With No Data Charges

Deezer’s New Partnership With Singtel Lets You Stream Music With No Data Charges

LifeStyle
Deezer, a music streaming service headquartered in Paris, France, announced yesterday (21 February) that it is partnering Singtel Music to expand its offerings in Singapore. “Singtel Music customers can enjoy unlimited data-free music streaming anytime, anywhere, at their convenience,” said Diana Chen, Singtel’s Vice President for Mobile Marketing, Consumer Singapore. According to Deezer, it has 53 million songs and more than 40,000 pieces of audio content on its platform. Exclusively For Singtel Customers Singtel post-paid subscribers can enjoy an introductory rate of S$0.88 for the first two months of a 12-month contract on the Deezer Premium+ plan. The subsequent months will cost S$7.90 per month. Deezer Premium+ plan gives subscribers access to all their content ad-fr...
Two USGS appointees resigned because Interior chief wanted to see new oil and gas data in advance

Two USGS appointees resigned because Interior chief wanted to see new oil and gas data in advance

Politics
At Mother Jones, Adam Federman gives us the skinny on Murray Hitzman, the guy who resigned from his job as head of the energy and minerals program at the U.S. Geological Survey in December because he felt the Trump regime was trying to circumvent the agency’s longstanding Fundamental Science Practices. Among other things, these bar the release of sensitive oil and gas data to government officials before such information is released to the public. The rationale behind this isn’t the slightest bit arcane. Unscrupulous officials could use advance knowledge of what’s in the data to enrich themselves and their pals: In his resignation letter, obtained by Mother Jones, Hitzman said he was leaving the USGS because the agency had agreed to provide Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with data from t
Startup that sells your salary data to VCs gets bought by Solium

Startup that sells your salary data to VCs gets bought by Solium

Breaking News
 Investors don’t want their portfolio companies to pay you too much, or too little. So they pay Advanced-HR for its compensation data pulled from 2,500 startups. With a generic name, the service has flown somewhat under the radar since launching 20 years ago. As startups grow more professional while staying private longer, they’re getting serious about how they structure equity… Read More
New data shows Republicans on verge of falling to third-party status in California

New data shows Republicans on verge of falling to third-party status in California

Politics
On Friday, the office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla posted updated voter registration statistics in advance of the state’s June 5 primary, and the data shows a continuation of the same bleak trend line for Golden State Republicans that we’ve written about in prior cycles: The GOP is simply hemorrhaging voters, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of registered voters. Overall, just over 4.8 million Californians are currently registered as Republicans, representing 25.4 percent of the total electorate. That’s a loss of almost half a million voters—and a huge drop from the party’s 36 percent share—since the end of 1997, the first year for which statistics are available. And that drop comes despite the fact that California’s population has jumped from 32.5 million to 39.3
Paul Ryan calls for gun violence data while blocking CDC from collecting gun violence data

Paul Ryan calls for gun violence data while blocking CDC from collecting gun violence data

Politics
Campaign Action House Speaker Paul Ryan’s classic evasion of responsibility for or reckoning with the Parkland school massacre included this deceptive line: Congress, Ryan said in a radio interview, needs to “take a breath and collect the facts.” The Republican leader added, “We don’t just knee-jerk before we even have all the facts and the data.” Collect the facts? Have facts and data before responding? What a great idea! If only Republicans hadn’t spent more than two decades standing between scientists and gun data: In 1996, the Republican-majority Congress threatened to strip funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless it stopped funding research into firearm injuries and deaths. The National Rifle Association accused the CDC of promoting gun control.
Mountain of sensitive FedEx customer data exposed, possibly for years

Mountain of sensitive FedEx customer data exposed, possibly for years

Technology
Enlarge / A redacted copy of data FedEx employees left on a publicly accessible Amazon bucket. (credit: Kromtech Security Center) Passports, driver licenses, and other sensitive documentation for thousands of FedEx customers were left online, possibly for years, in a blunder that left the information available to identity thieves and other malicious actors, researchers said Thursday. In all, Kromtech Security Center said, researchers found 119,000 scanned documents stored in a publicly available Amazon S3 bucket. The photo ID scans were accompanied by completed US Postal Service forms that included names, home addresses, and phone numbers of people who requested to have mail delivered by an authorized agent. "Citizens from all over the world left their scanned IDs—Mexico, Canada, EU cou
Google’s Project Fi now offers data coverage in 170 countries

Google’s Project Fi now offers data coverage in 170 countries

Breaking News
 Project Fi, Google’s multi-network cell service, now provides you with data coverage in 170 countries. That’s up from the 135 countries the company has long offered service in. New countries where service is now available include the likes of Belize and Myanmar. The good thing here is that Project Fi still doesn’t charge you extra for your data usage in these countries. Read More
Data can only get you so far before your human ingenuity needs to kick in

Data can only get you so far before your human ingenuity needs to kick in

Breaking News
 Tony La Russa is a member of the MLB Hall of Fame as a manager. The man helped introduce video study and analytics to the game of baseball when he was manager of the great Oakland As teams in the late 1980s and 1990s. He understands the value of data, but he also gets that data only gets you so far before humans have to adjust to the situation in front of them. In an interview this week with… Read More
Pulse Q&A wants to transform the way we gather data from CIOs

Pulse Q&A wants to transform the way we gather data from CIOs

Breaking News
 Lots of companies need to understand what CIOs are thinking, but it’s hard to get a group of busy people to give meaningful answers about the products they use or their budget priorities in public forums for obvious reasons. Pulse Q&A is a new company in the Y Combinator Winter 2018 class that wants to change how we gather and share this valuable information. “Imagine you had… Read More